Former House Majority Leader (and current FreedomWorks Chairman) Dick Armey joined us on today's podcast
-- along with FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe -- to discuss their new book, 'Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto
During our conversation, Armey expressed optimism that if Republicans were to retake the majority in Congress in November, they could lead effectively. As evidence, he cites the possibility that conservatives like Pat Toomey and Marco Rubio could join with Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to "set the agenda."
As Armey put it: "Senator DeMint's got about eight new allies, and [former Senator] Trent Lott's sleeping in a fetal position."
When asked about House Minority Leader John Boehner's ability to lead House Republicans as speaker, Armey told me Boehner "has got the right stuff, if he still has the energy to get up and make it happen."
Armey also cautioned that Boehner had better demonstrate early on during his tenure that he still has such drive, and warned that if Republicans do take back the majority, Boehner's own members are "not going to be very patient with anybody being slow to the draw on this deal."
Armey also told me that FreedomWorks and The Club for Growth "have a very good working relationship," but said that another conservative grassroots group, Americans for Prosperity, "quite frankly, just simply doesn't do much."
We also discussed their recent Wall Street Journal op-ed
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